The top update/renovation for any home is in the kitchen. From small updates such as a coat of paint to a gut renovation with brand new cabinets, appliances, countertops and flooring, investing in the kitchen are dollars well spent.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, quick update, start with updating the cabinets with new hardware. Current options are polished nickel, chrome or oil-rubbed bronze. Replacing current hardware with new ones that fit into existing holes will eliminate the need to any patch jobs. Hardware can get pricy, so shop smart and choose knobs and pulls that will bring your cabinets into the new millennium and last a few years. Oil-rubbed bronze hardware work well in traditional, transitional and country kitchens, while the silver finishes are ideal for contemporary and eclectic kitchens.

Another cost-saving transformation for your kitchen is painting the cabinets and updating them with new door and drawer fronts. If the cabinets are in good shape, especially wood ones, refresh and save money with paint. Add pizzazz with glass front cabinet doors for class and distinction. If you are having the cabinets painted, make sure to keep the current hinges. Nothing is worse than trying to fit new hinges on older cabinets and finding that new ones won’t reattached the doors. Vintage cabinets and hinges were constructed differently than modern day ones. Make it an easier update by keeping everything, until the renovation is complete.

Tired of your old laminate counters with the metal edge? Options for countertops range from natural stone such as granite and quartz, to recycled glass, to concrete. Even the budget conscious laminate of today is a complete 180-degree from the laminate counters of the 1970s. Today’s high pressure laminate options resemble natural stone and have integration that eliminates corners. With so many options, research is key. Find out what will work best with your style and budget and make sure to see live installs of all the options. Small samples of countertop options do not do the final product justice, so don’t make your choice with a 3-by-5-inch sample.

New flooring is also a great way to update the kitchen and add value to your home. Just as with counters, the selections are endless in flooring. Choose from laminate wood, hardwood, porcelain and ceramic tile, slate, marble and other natural stone. From those who love wood floors, but want the ease of cleaning that ceramic or porcelain affords, there is porcelain tile that looks like hardwood – truly the best of both worlds.

Everyone loves stainless steel appliances. At the top of prospective buyers’ want lists, stainless steel is a finish that works well in any style kitchen. There are alternatives. Still available are white and black appliances, even the beige option. Oli-rubbed bronze appliances give an old world look, while the rainbow selection in vintage appliances allows the expression of personality. Reproductions are new appliances made to look like old ones, while refurbished appliances have the vintage housing surrounding all new, updated circuitry.

A kitchen remodel is not an easy project. While changing out knobs and pulls is something that a do-it-yourselfer can easily do, a complete remodel or even cabinet repainting are jobs best left to professionals for results that will stand the test of time. Castino’s Handyman Services are available to assist you with making your kitchen into the dream you want it to be. Call for a consultation today! The holidays are coming! Have a new oven ready for your Turkey feast!

Eugenia Orr
Castino Painting